END OF SUMMER SALE??

It sure doesn’t FEEL like it’s the end of summer, with daytime temperatures still reaching the upper 90’s; but it IS Labor Day Weekend, and the unofficial end of summer . . . which means it’s time for the

Stars Antique Malls End of Summer SALE.

As it always is for the store-wide sales at Stars, each vendor sets their own discount amount for their booth; and I ALWAYS offer 50% off everything in my booth during the sales.

I just stocked all my Halloween goods too!  Yes, they are all 50% off too!

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Unique faux pumpkins; some pale blue ones and silver glitter.  The white ones are BIG.  The one sitting on top of an urn is coated with a ‘sugar glitter’.  The GINORMOUS one, sitting on the chair, is painted with ‘fairy dust’, that sparkly iridescent glitter.   It is seriously the biggest faux pumpkin that I have ever seen.  I cannot even reach my arms all the way around it!

The sale runs Friday – Monday, September 1-4; 11am – 6pm.

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Shabby cottage chic desk and dresser

Found this little desk and three drawer chest at a recent estate sale.

Of course, it was the color that first caught my eye when I saw this little desk from across the room.  Alas, the top was a real MESS!  Cheap plywood that had cracked, stained and peeling paint, but not the kind that you can leave ‘as is’.  Still, the price was right so I bought it.  (and the drawer innards were nice and CLEAN!)

SCORE!!  Another piece in ‘my color’!?!  woo-hoo!  Ah, but wait!  Once I put my reading glasses on I could see that it had been very POORLY painted aqua over a medium green pain; which still showed in several places.  Still, it was nice and sturdy.  The backing was in good shape and the drawers were clean!

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The chest was pretty ‘grimey’ and  required a good scrubbing; and those drawer pulls HAD to go.  The pulls were screwed on, which usually means an easy removal; but these had been painted over more than once, so simply removing the screws did not do the job.  I had to WHACK them really hard with a hammer to get them off.

Not all of the stain and grime came off when I washed it, so it was time for the orbital sander.  I was HOPING that I could ‘just sand it’ and leave it this color.  Nope.  This, and the desk were going to HAVE to be painted.  I opted to paint them both white.

The top to the desk turned out just perfect!  Just the right amount of each color, white, aqua and wood showing after I distressed it.

As I am in the habit of doing, I painted the backside also.  It really only takes a few more seconds to do this when you are repainting items; and it gives the purchaser a lot more flexibility on placement of the item, as they won’t HAVE to place it with the back to a wall.

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Distressing brought out just the right amount of the original aqua paint along the edges and ‘here and there’.  I recycled some old metal drawer pulls that I had on hand.  The insides of the drawers were completely painted the same aqua as the desk, but the bottoms were a bit scratched up.  I glued some pretty wrapping paper to the bottom of the drawers.

Distressing the chest was a bit more difficult.  Usually I can just ‘sand away’ and not have to pay very close attention and it will turn out fine.  However, the aqua color was a very LIGHT coat of paint, and if I sanded too hard of too much, I went clear through to the green coat of paint.  A little bit of the green showing through wasn’t too bad, but I wanted more of the aqua to show.  At one point, I almost decided to just repaint the whole thing turquoise!  But then I decided to ‘give it a shot’ at selling with the bits of green showing, before I went to all the extra work of painting it a second time.  I used the same vintage metal drawer pulls for the dresser and I did for the desk.

You can really see the green around the edges of the top of the chest.  That little ‘reddish’ mark near the center of the top of the chest had been a ‘blob of paint’ that had to be sanded down.  Apparently the top had been RED at one time, and sanding went down to that coat on this one little spot.  SO, I may well have to paint this chest a second time.

But for now, it’s in my booth at Stars Antique Mall priced at $59.00.  The smaller size of this chest make it perfect for a child’s dresser and/or a bed-side chest for an adult’s room.

As is the desk; which is $49.00.  That aqua cute bow back chair is also $49.00.

While I had the white paint out, I painted up a couple of wood slat picnic baskets that I’ve had for a while.

The smaller square basket with the BEE on top is $24.00.

The bigger, dark brown one with EAT on the top is $29.00.

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Upcycled candle chandelier is $29.00.  Made using old white metal garden edge fencing; with five frosted glass hanging jars for tea light candles or battery tea lights.

I’ve recently added a LOT more vintage milk glass dishes!  Look at that adorable little espresso cup and saucer!!  I’ve got LOTS of regular coffee’tea cups and saucers and creamers and sugar bowls.  Perfect for an elegant bridal shower.  Lots of vases too!

I also just took in a nice collection of vintage Taylor, Smith and Taylor ‘Boutonnier’ dishes.  I had been collecting these for myself for quite some time; and finally decided that I just didn’t have room for them.  It’s not a complete set.  But there are a lot of cups and saucers and dessert size plates.

P1320947Stop by soon and see what’s new!!  Don’t let the construction on the side street scare you away.  (they tore down the boys and girls club and are putting is a high rise condo building!)  There is still plenty of parking; actually MORE than what was available before on some days!!

It’s time for the STARS SUMMER SALE!

FOUR DAYS OF GREAT SAVING ON AWESOME OLD STUFF!!

Sale runs Thursday, July 13th through Sunday, July 16th; 11am – 6pm

***Look for the % off sale signs in each individual booth; and as ALWAYS, everything in MY booth is 50% off during the sale.

Just added these awesome upcycled Mannequins / dress forms to my booth.  The female form includes the wrought iron base, but it’s not ‘attached’ for easier transport.

Just added this nice BIG metal shelf to my booth, so now I can display more of my vintage Ironstone dishware all in one place; instead of spread out all over the booth.

But ‘some’ of the Ironstone is still ‘elsewhere’ in my booth.

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All kinds of cloches!!  Pillar candle pedestals and cupcake stands make great bases for cloches.

Everything just looks better under a cloche!

Come on by and see what’s new. . . er OLD!

The sale has been extended!

The Stars Sale has been extended and will continue through Monday, June 5th!!  

So if your weekend was too busy to get out there, you now have until tomorrow and 6pm.

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In other news, my etsy shop is now officially CLOSED for business.  I’ve been researching other on-line options for selling on and there are SO many of them!  Each has as many good reviews as they do bad reviews, so I am completely stymied!

And I’m just not convinced that I should pay for my own website right now.  The numerous sites that have ‘free shops’ only allow you to list a very limited number of items.

I have considered just adding a selling feature to my blog.  I even looked up ‘how to sell on my free WordPress blog’; but for the life of me I canNOT find the ‘widget’ to add for a shopping cart?!?!  sigh.

Maybe I’ll just list some items here in my blog and have buyers leave a comment to purchase; then send them a PayPal invoice to pay??  Does that sound too ‘rinky dink’?  Would YOU buy like that from a blog?

This is a pretty busy month for me with my CASA volunteer work, but I’m HOPING to get some things on my blog before too long.

Stars Antique Malls BIG Birthday SALE!!

The sale starts TODAY, and runs through Sunday.  Each vendor sets their own sale discount %.  As always, I’m offering 50% off EVERYTHING in my booth.  If you’ve had your eye on something, NOW is the time to go buy it!

And, also as always, my booth is JAM-PACKED with goods!

Vintage sheet music, vintage lace and glittered crowns; in small decorative size, adult size and a few (the narrower lace ones) are baby size.

Altered and upcycled mini mannequins.

Lots of little altered journals.  The ones with the vintage atlas covers are perfect for a summer travel journal!  Great little gifts for teachers too.

Vintage, altered and upcycled jewelry and trinket boxes.  The smallest ones are perfect for tucking a gift card into; and prices stat at $5.00!

Chalk boards, big and small, upcycled memo boards, cork boards,  big blank frames, decorative wall and ceiling medallions.

Vintage and repainted wood bowls and trays.

LOTS of vintage and upcycled glass cloches!  (How cute is that ‘pear shaped’ one!?!?)  Candle pedestals and cupcake stands (sold separately) make adorable bases for the cloches.

Lots of picture frames, with and without backs and glass.  Gold, white and aqua.

LOTS of vintage white Ironstone dishes!  Every pieces and unique collectibles.

Vintage treasures.

And LOTS of furniture; always at very reasonable prices . . . .  CRAZY good prices during the sale at 50% off!

COME & GET YOUR SHOPPING THERAPY!

10% off coupon for Stars Antique Mall

Mom would LOVE to go shopping at Stars Antique Malls with you after Mother’s Day Brunch.  He’re’s a 10% off coupon to ‘sweeten the deal’.

Use this coupon to take 10%* OFF your next purchase at Stars.
It is our way of saying, THANKS!

*This coupon can only be used for a discount on regularly priced items of $20 or more & not on a sale tag. Cannot be used on items already purchased, with another discount special, or to purchase gift certificates. Offer Expires: at 6PM on Sunday, May 21, 2017.

Happy Mother’s Day & Happy shopping!

Nesting tables

Bought this set of wood nesting tables at an estate sale a while back.

At first I didn’t think they all actually went together, because of the different shapes; but they are indeed a ‘set’.  When the smaller tables are ‘nested’ they slide on runners that actually lift the legs slightly off the floor.  A unique feature.

I sanded off all the ‘sheen’; painted them aqua and sanded again to distress.  (I was able to do most of the distressing with an orbital sander.  Then added some stenciled designs.  Since I never actually sell a set of tables ‘as a set’

A set of ANYthing that a customer MIGHT want to buy ‘just one of’; it’s always best to price individually.  For several reasons:  a) Someone WILL ask “How much for just one of them?” whether they are actually interested in buying just one of not.  b) They can STILL buy the set for the combined price; but the store doesn’t have to waste time calling you to ask.  c) If the set gets ‘separated’ by shoppers in your booth you have items that don’t have tags and they end up in another booth!  It’s just easier to price them individually and be done with it!

I didn’t want to completely cover the tables with a design, and I didn’t have any stencils that ‘worked’ with both shapes.  Settled on these simple edge designs.

Nesting tables are GREAT to work with in your displays!  You can ‘nest’ them id space is tight.  Stack and use them like a shelf, or spread them around.

I actually only had room for the large oval one when I took then in last week.  Stacked it atop a little night stand at the front of my booth.

In the meantime, I got this other oval table put together and painted, and took it in along with the two smaller nesting tables on my next trip.

This third oval table has been in my booth for a while.  I was HOPING the newer oval pedestal table was a slightly lower height than the one already in my booth; and I knew the oval from the nesting set was shorter.  I putting them at the front of my booth, cascading from taller to shortest; with the matching upholstered chair and overstuffed foot stool sitting on top of them; along with some stacks of my grubby books.

Yippee Skippee!!!  The heights are just right!

Alas, the chair legs were a tad too wide to fit on the biggest table.  (well, the just perfectly fit . . . but could have easily been knocked off with the slightest touch.  A gamble I was not willing to take.  So the three tables ended up like this.

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You can still see part of them from the front of my booth; tucked behind a couple of night stands.  As soon as something sells and I have a little more room to work with; I’ll bring the three tabled forward.

Did you notice the two smaller nesting tables on top of the tallest oval?  Once I have more room, I’ll spread those out or stack them for better visibility.

I wanted to be sure it was really well stocked going into this weekend because  . . .

I am occupied taking care of this little ball of energy this weekend while her mommy  and daddy (My son and his wife) are out of town for a friend’s wedding.

Yep!  She follows my every move.  Sleeps at my feet when I am sitting down (she’s ON my feet, under the computer desk right now!) And keeps me very entertained.

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And before you ask . . .  she is a ‘Bernedoodle’.

Ugliest Trunk EVER!

Honestly, I think this is the ugliest little trunk that I have EVER seen!!

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The latch is missing and I have NO IDEA what the ‘significance’ of the paint job is?!?!  Perhaps a Halloween decoration or party prop?  I really only looked at the price tag to see how much they were trying to get for it; and have a good laugh if it was more than a couple of dollars.

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It WAS just a couple of dollars and the ‘innards’ were decent; so I bought it.  It’s good to challenge myself every so often.

First off I filled the holes from the missing latch with wood filler, then sanded that spot smooth.  I painted it aqua, then distressed it a bit.

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It needs ‘something’ . . . . . but I wasn’t sure just what.  When that happens I just start digging through my boxes of supplies in search of inspiration.

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This bird themed paper napkin was perfect.  Since a few tiny spots of the original red paint showed through when I distressed it; the little bit of red in the napkin tied it in nicely.  I applied it using ModPodge.

I didn’t cover the back with the napkin because the hinges were in the way.  NOW, what to do to take the place of the missing latch at the front???  I have some cute little padlocks and keys, but they didn’t ‘feel right’ with the birds.

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Ah-HA!!!  Another perfect use for one of the aqua ceramic roses I have!  I drilled a little pilot hole (remember these are actually push pins so they have a tack on the back) and glued in on with some e6000.

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Not bad!  Not bad at all.

It sold within a DAY of when I took it to my booth at Stars!

I had restocked my booth last Tuesday, in preparation for the five-day sale, Thursday – Monday.  Had to go back in on both Friday and Saturday mornings because large items had sold and my booth was a MESS!

ALL of the above pieces sold last week, as of Saturday. (Lots of small stuff sold too, I just can’t show it all!)   I’m very curious to see what my booth looks like when I go in tomorrow, after 3 more days of the sale!

I took a few new pieces in with me on Saturday, just to fill the empty spots.  Some of it may be coming back home with me.

Like this chest of drawers.  It’s a REALLY nice piece; even the INSIDES of the drawers are painted!!  It doesn’t NEED a make-over . . .  but it really doesn’t ‘go with’ the color palette I have in my booth.  I really LIKE this color’s used on it too.  So, I figured I’d give it a chance to sell ‘as is’.  You never know!!

And this little metal folding shelf, which I was going to re-paint.  But it kind of ‘works’ with the colors of the chest, so I went ahead and brought it in ‘for now’.

I have a carload of furniture pieces to take in tomorrow.  I have a feeling I’m going to be spending quite a few hours working on rearranging my booth tomorrow.  I’ll wait to restock ‘smalls’ for when I have less big stuff to haul and move.

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THREE days left to hit the sale and $ave!! Little wood tray

Just a quick reminder before writing this post, the BIG sale at Stars continues through Monday, July 18th. Stars is open 7 days a week; 11am – 6pm.  Sale % varies per vendor, from 10% to 50%; as indicated by signs in each booth.  Prices shown on items are the ‘regular price’.  Discount is given at check out!

AS ALWAYS, EVERYTHING IN MY BOOTH IS 50% OFF DURING THE SALE!

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And now, on to today’s post!  Found this little tray at a thrift store.

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The tray itself was nothing special; and actually almost too small to be very functional.  But those big wrought iron HANDLES are fabulous!

 The price of the tray was well worth it just for the handles!  I took the handles off when I brought it home; painted the tray aqua, then just set the tray aside due to lack of inspiration for what to do next.

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I found this shabby white wood tray more recently.

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Love the handles on this one too, but decided to leave them in place.  Considered selling it ‘as found’ . . .  but then. . . .

I decided to add this stencil, and distress it a bit more.

And while I was ‘thinking trays’ I decided to add this Paris stencil to that aforementioned small tray sans the handles.  Both trays are available for purchase in my booth at Stars.

Now just waiting for that ‘perfect piece’ to use those nice big wrought iron handles on!

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The right place at the right time

For all those times you are disappointed because ‘just missed’ that perfect piece or missed out on a great deal . . . .

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 . . . . something like THIS happens and you do your happy dance!

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I don’t usually buy chairs with upholstered parts due to the high cost of new padding and fabric.  But at that great price, I could afford to make over this vintage chair.

This is pretty typical of what I’ve found on covered seats; someone has just re-covered the original tattered ugly fabric and and the worn out foam with new fabric and called it good.  ICK!!  The wood is usually fine to re-use; but if it’s in bad shape, it’s easy to use the old one as a template to cut a new one.  The hardest part of making over a padded seat is removing all the staples that are holding on the old fabric!

I had this pretty brown and blue fabric in my stash and decided to use it so I could leave the chair brown, as found.  I just gave the chair frame a good sanding to distress it though.

The new foam seat cushions usually run around $20.00; and I like to add a couple of layers of batting over the foam to protect the fabric and to add some extra ‘cush’.  I wrap the fabric over the batting and foam cushion, use a staple gun to attach the new fabric to the wood base.

By the time I’ve added up the cost of the foam cushion, batting and fabric; I’ve got about $30.00 just in materials invested in the chair.  Which is difficult to factor into the selling price if you’ve paid a lot for the chair.

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I also had this little foot stool and decided to paint and cover it to match the chair.

I did NOT distress the wood base on the footstool though; because the undercoat was too dark to really show.  I used a small pillow instead of a foam pad on the footstool for a really ‘OVER-stuffed’ look.  I love over stuffed stools and chairs!

Both have gone to my booth at Stars.

BIG SALE AT ALL THREE STARS MALLS THIS THURSDAY – MONDAY, July 14 – 18.

As always during the sales, EVERYTHING in my booth is 50% off!!

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The big 8 drawer blue dresser has already sold.

But my booth is still jam-packed with goodies!!